Today I have the pleasure of unveiling MediaCommons Press, a project we’ve been working toward for several months now. MediaCommons Press is the second major project hosted by MediaCommons, and it is dedicated, as the header has it, to open scholarship in open formats. MediaCommons Press hopes to promote the digital publication and discussion of texts ranging from article- to monograph-length, in forms ranging from the traditional to the experimental, serving all areas of scholarship in media studies.
Today’s also the day that I put my money where my mouth is, in more senses than one: I’m serving as the test case for MediaCommons Press by releasing, as our first major publication, the book that I’ve been working on for the last year and a half. Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy will, if all goes according to plan, come out in print sometime next year from NYU Press, but it’s available online right now, for open review.
And that’s the second way I’m putting my money where my mouth is. One of the key arguments that I make in the book is that the peer review of digital texts must be an open, conversational process, one that draws on the wisdom of a far greater number of readers than the usual two or three anonymous reviewers, one that focuses on discussion among the reviewers, and between the reviewers and the author, and one that allows the multiplicity of responses to a text to become part of the text itself.
I hope you’ll come by and join the discussion. And I also hope you’ll consider joining in by publishing with us. MediaCommons has developed into a thriving community network in media studies; we’re excited to take the first steps today in transforming that network into a viable, community-based scholarly publishing system.
As is being discussed a good bit around the academic blogo-/twittersphere this morning, Jennifer Howard reports in today’s Chronicle of Higher Education on a new report soon to be released by a committee organized by the National Humanities Alliance, entitled “The Future of Scholarly Journals Publishing Among Social Science and Humanities Associations.” This report seems to have a couple of compelling findings: first, that the per-article cost of journal publishing in the humanities and social sciences is more than three times as much as in the science, technical, and medical (a.k.a. STM) fields, and second, that this increased cost is due in no small part to the increased selectivity of those journals. ... read more »
We’re in the process of actively building MediaCommons’s original content, adding new projects like Tim Anderson’s podcast, The Lion’s Share, as well as a number of other exciting projects we have in the pipeline. And we’re looking to develop the number of active bloggers around here, to get more voices contributing to more areas of discussion across the field of media studies.
But we recognize that there’s lots of media studies work going on elsewhere, and we hope that MediaCommons might come to serve as a portal of sorts, allowing entry to the richness of that work. In particular, we recognize that many media studies scholars have active,successful blogs established elsewhere. We’ve been discussing the options for getting those voices included here as well, and as a result have developed the Feeds, which allow us to reproduce content from a multitude of blogs here within MediaCommons, creating a rich repository of writing from across the field and allowing MediaCommons users to archive more of their scholarly production in one place. ... read more »
As I mentioned yesterday, we spent part of the evening launching some updates around here, and so I thought I’d give a quick introduction to these new features.
1. The Lion’s Share: A block at lower right is now aggregating each new episode of Tim Anderson’s fabulous podcast, which focuses on new scholarship in media studies. (And I’m not just saying it’s fabulous because I’m the most recent guest!) We’re ecstatic to have The Lion’s Share as a new feature here at MediaCommons; you can listen to each episode right here, as well as discuss it in the comments. ... read more »